I reckon you're hopping mad!!
Green hop sludge not! For there is nothing to green hop sludge, but green hop sludge itself.
Well it turns out that you don't really want to have hops in your beer.
Took me hours to bottle, have 6 litres of hop sludge in the bottom of the fermenter (instead of another 12 500ml bottles of beer) and the hops have risen up to the top of the necks of the beers.
Disappointing outcome, just boil them up and keep the liquid next time?
Never entirely disappointing when you learn something.
It tasted okay out of the barrel; and tasted pretty darn good after two days in the bottle at room temp. Never have I tasted something after only two days in the bottle, but I was impressed. It was more than drinkable.
But I realised that I had a problem with mega head formation, so that if I kept them, in a few weeks I'd be popping the tops off, only to lose half of it. Hopefully over the sink rather than over a laptop or something.
Also I'm a safety freak and although I don't think I'd have a problem with exploding bottles, with so much hops in each bottle, I'm not 100% sure.
What I did was pour them all back into a clean fermenter, added a few litres of golden ale, which I'd bottled in plastic a couple of months ago but not primed, one can of caramalt, some water and let it ferment again to make a new beer. It's kicking along okay with the combination of english ale yeast and saison yeast from the bottles. Should be decent.
Thanks for the update. Sounds like a very decent brew coming up, good luck with it.
My English Stout has been bottled and I had planned to wait for April before giving it a run however I may be forced to bring it forward a week due to current stock running out.